Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Nicky Butt is already working behind the scenes as a coach for Manchester United, and that roles for Paul Scholes and Phil Neville will be there if they want them.
TalkSPORT relays quotes from this afternoon’s press conference - Van Gaal’s first as United manager - in which the Dutchman assured journalists that there would be no dramatic axing of the Class of ‘92 graduates, prompting relief from fans who want to see them stay. Initially it had been feared that the trio could lose their positions at United, despite Butt and Scholes having come to the club’s aid when David Moyes was sacked last term, and become early casualties of Van Gaal’s regime.
However the 62-year-old told how Butt was already working with the squad, and said that they would work Scholes and Neville into the equation if the duo wanted to continue.
Class of ‘92 influence
There can be no understating the importance of the member of the Class of ‘92 to United as a club and global brand. The likes of Scholes, Neville and Butt, along with David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville rose to prominence in the Red Devils academy, and all maintain strong ties with Old Trafford.
For fans it will be warming to see Van Gaal keen to keep such affiliations strong, as he could so easily have ordered a mass exodus in order to reshape the club from top to bottom. Whilst Giggs’ future was assured some weeks ago Scholes, Butt and Neville - the latter of whom was assistant manager to Moyes last campaign - all faced uncertain futures, but it now looks as though things will continue in a similar vein to how they finished in the last few games of the 2013/14 season.
Van Gaal’s comments
The Dutchman said: "Nicky Butt is already assisting us. We will find a role for Paul Scholes and Phil Neville. That is what we want.
"We have to adapt to the qualities of these people and we’ll have to speak to them personally and wait and see."
Though it remains to be seen whether or not Scholes and Neville will take Van Gaal up on his offer, the vast majority would assume they will. What that means is a continuation of the sort of ideals which have been running at the club since the early days of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign. That can only mean good things.
Positive early signs
All in all Van Gaal cut an incredibly confident figure during his first media outing, and fans will no doubt draw favourable comparisons when it comes to the difference between his assured showing, and his predecessor’s apprehensive approach. Early signs suggest the new system will be a far sleeker one than was witnessed last term, and United fans will be confident Van Gaal can make good on his promise to restore them to a footballing super power.